While felines do alright if always kept inside, dogs are geared for a daily dose of outdoor walking. Not only for the sake of physical, but also mental health.
Just like a human toddler, it gets them to diffuse pent-up energy. By the same token, walking gets pooches to keep up with their created tendencies. They’re made to sniff everywhere. That’s precisely why you’re to pause while walking, as it suits their fancy.
A dog’s senses are much more intimately connected to the one for smell than ours will ever be. Canine’s olfactory prowess is akin to how we use our touch &/or sight. Sniffing for dogs is their main survival mechanism for knowing about their environment, becoming familiar with different components.
With an almost 1000% more sensitive ability than us, smelling is a dog’s go-to sense. It gets them to deal with information in their brain in much the same way we use our vision for. It’s through an olfactory recess that a pooch is able to do this.
That organelle makes over 50% of a pooch’s nose. Humans don’t have that. Each smell by itself is taken into individual compartments that make up that anatomical region. Whether it’s some dried-up cheese from days on end or the left-over smell from another canine, we won’t but they’ll be able to tell.
As you get ready to walk with a dog, carve up extra time for stopping along the way. Let ‘em be ‘nosey’. Let ‘em make sense of their world’s surroundings. Since this is their primary fact-gathering information tool, sniffing could also reflect stress or anxiety.
Therefore, it’s worth your while to pay attention to how your pooch reacts when it’s sniffing. A dog’s vision of heaven is an open area with green grass. Whether a garden or meadows and lawns, all of them entice a dog’s nose for keeping up with their sniffing abilities.
That being stated, be on the lookout for vegetation &/or smaller creatures that may be potentially harmful to Rover. Give your dog the room to go out & smell the world while protecting from some things that may be risky to them.
All in all, letting your dog ‘smell the roses’ would get them to better express themselves, be more in tune with their God-given behavior, & keep up with their instincts.